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Section Head (Electronic Warfare)


Vacancy Number: 23/010

Job Title: Section Head (Electronic Warfare)

Basic Monthly Salary: $10,090.40, not exempt from taxation

Closing Date: Wednesday, 01 March 2023, 2359 EST (UTC-5)

Joint Force Command Norfolk (JFCNF) is seeking to hire a Section Head (Electronic Warfare) to lead the creation of the Electronic Warfare (EW) Section within JFCNF and to provide advice and expertise on developing plans to aid the achievement of operational effects within the electromagnetic domain in support of campaign planning and execution.


JFCNF Headquarters is located in Norfolk, Virginia and it is the only operational NATO command in the United States. JFCNF serves as the bridge between Europe and North America and was established to project stability, deter aggression and defend NATO’s allies in the North Atlantic and High North, from seabed to space.


Location: Norfolk, VA, USA

Directorate/Division: Operations Directorate/J3 Division

Security Clearance Required: COSMIC TOP SECRET/B

Post Context/Post Summary

JFCNF provides a Joint Headquarters to plan, prepare and conduct operations to support NATO’s core tasks at the Joint Operational Level, as directed by the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).

The Operations Directorate is responsible for directing, monitoring, assessing and coordinating operational effects and staff functions. It assists and provides advices in the execution of assigned responsibilities and duties regarding all regionally focused operational activities.

The J3 Division is led by the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (ACOS J3), and is responsible for the implementation and oversight of operational plans, procedures and techniques to ensure effective command and control of assigned forces in peacetime through Crisis and up to MLE.

The EW Section is part of the Force Protection (FP) Branch, which is responsible to ACOS J3 for aligning and synchronizing FP measures from all threats, to include non-conventional threats and terrorism, as well as EW hazards in order to preserve FOA.

The Electronic Warfare Section provides advice and expertise on developing plans to aid the achievement of operational effects within the electromagnetic domain in support of campaign planning and execution.

Principal Duties

The incumbent's duties are:

a) Supports and advises the Command Group (through ACOS J3) and all staffs on all EW/Electromagnetic Operations (EMO) matters while leading the planning and execution of relevant Joint EW training and operations in the JF HQ Area of Responsibility (AOR).

b) Serves as the Joint Force Command (JFC) and, when activated, the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) Electromagnetic Battle Staff Centre (EMBC), SIGINT and EW Operations Centre (SEWOC) or EW Coordination Cell (EWCC) Chief, depending on which of these three is activated.

c) Act as the Chairman for the EMO working group (EMOWG).

d) Serves as a permanent member of the JF HQ Joint Operations Planning Group and Operations Planning Group responsible for OPLAN/CONPLAN/SUPPLAN EW/EMO Annex production. Also attends Information Operations, Joint Targeting, Counter-IED Working Groups and others as applicable.

e) Serves as a non-permanent member of the Joint Coordination Board Working Group (JCBWG) and Daily Assets Reconnaissance Board (DARB).

f) Prepares requests for EW Rules of Engagement and appropriate NATO Crisis Response Measures (CRMs).

g) Provides technical/operational expertise and represents the command on the NATO EW Advisory Committee (NEWAC), ACO EW Conferences and others as required.

h) Plans and coordinates EW training and operational requirements with SHAPE, subordinate commands, NATO JEWCS and other organizations.

i) Is responsible for EW EMBC/EWCC/SEWOC SOP/SOI development.

j) Integrates EW/EMO into operations and fragmentary orders.

k) Is responsible for ensuring the operational Joint Restricted Frequency Lists (JRFL) are produced, approved, and disseminated for operations under JF HQ command.

l) Undertakes work as part of a project team or working group as directed or assigned.

Special Requirements and Additional Duties

The employee may be required to perform a similar range of duties elsewhere within the organisation at the same grade without there being any change to the contract.

The work is normally performed in a Normal NATO office working environment. Normal Working Conditions apply.

The risk of injury is categorised as: No Risk

Essential Qualifications

a. Professional/Experience

1) Minimum of 4 years of experience in EW Operations, including exposure to EW planning at the operational and strategic levels.

2) Demonstrate excellent ability to communicate orally and in writing.

3) Substantive experience coordinating and discussing policy and operational issues with senior officials in a multi-national environment.

4) Inter-personal relationship and negotiation skills.

5) Capacity to relate to and work with military operational planning staff.

b. Education/Training

University Degree and 4 years post related experience, or Higher Secondary education and completed advanced vocational training leading to a professional qualification or professional accreditation with 5 years post related and 2 years function related experience.

c. Language

English - SLP 3333 (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).

NOTE: The work both oral and written in this post and in this Headquarters as a whole is conducted mainly in English.

Desirable Qualifications

a. Professional Experience

1) National General Staff College or NATO Defence College graduate.

2) Participant in NATO training and exercises.

3) High level of organizational, coordination and communication skills.

b. Education/Training

1) Participation in a national or NATO Pre-Deployment/HEAT course

2) Training or experience of the application of IHL/LOAC.


Personal Attributes

The incumbent must display analytical thought and demonstrate independent judgment in the development of policy and strategies for JFCNF in the field of EWO interests and concerns. Must be able to provide high-level advice and briefings to senior level officials on key issues to assist in the formulation of EW policy and the development of operational plans. Must be able to analyze the Electronic environment and identify its likely impact on issues of importance to the Command. Diplomacy and tact are essential in interacting with high-level officials in multinational civil and military environments. The incumbent must have strong communication skills, both oral and written. Listening and persuasiveness are crucial to the incumbent’s effective participation in policy and planning initiatives, in advising the Command Group, in coordinating policy matters internally and with other agencies and government staffs. May be required to perform duties outside normal working hours in support of mission essential requirements on short notice.

Directs and supervises the work priorities of the Section, providing professional guidance and instruction to his staff. Duties include leading and coaching; explaining or demonstrating work functions; counselling and motivating, assigning and reviewing work; ensuring health and environmental safety; maintaining and adjusting work schedules; assessing performance and initiating disciplinary action, and/or implementing new or changed work procedures.

a. Professional Contacts

Internally: Staff members and their supervisors at the ACOS and DACOS level, Current Operations Branch and Future Operations Branch.

Externally: Policy/decision markers at JFCNF; NATO agencies; HQ NATO; and with Nations either through their SNRs or as required directly with MODs.

The post holder is required to actively participate in identifying solutions and proposals. The purpose of contacts range from exchange of information to negotiation without committing JFCNF.

b. Contribution to Objectives

Consistently supports and contributes to mission effectiveness and efficiency with time and relevant advice to the Division Head on Electronic Warfare and related issues.

This post reports to Branch Head (Force Protection) – A-3/G17

There are first line reporting responsibilities for the following numbers of staff: 2× OF-3


Duration of contract: not to exceed 12 months. Upon budgetary approval, a further contract may be offer.

In view of the nature and of the urgency of the temporary positions we are looking to fill, it is important for candidates to be available for temporary employment on short notice. In practice, this implies either being in possession of valid NATO security clearance at the time of application, or having been in possession of such a clearance with the possibility to reactivate it swiftly. We therefore only encourage applications for temporary positions if you are already, or have previously been, in possession of a valid NATO security clearance.


Applications are to be submitted via email to JFCNFSPTJ1Recruitment@jfcnf.nato.int and include a Cover Letter (max 1 page), Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages), relevant certifications and two professional references.

DO NOT include the following information: Classified or government sensitive information; Social Security Number; Photos of yourself; Personal information, such as age, gender, religious affiliation, etc.; or encrypted and digitally signed documents.

Current and past civilians working for NATO or any Coordinated Organisation, shall indicate their last grade and step held (next to job title), and specify the name of employing NATO body or Coordinated Organisation.


A) Only nationals from the 30 NATO member states can apply for vacancies at JFCNF.

B) Applications are automatically acknowledged within one working day after submission. In the absence of an acknowledgement please make sure the submission process is completed, or, re-submit the application.

C) Due to limited capacity, we are unable to accommodate Candidates’ individual telephones or e-mail enquiries. All candidates will receive an answer indicating the outcome of their application.

D) Feedback will not be provided to unsuccessful applicants.





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